Your Adoption Gut Check
September 1, 2017
Hosted by Micah Johnson
As so many parents know, deciding to adopt is a life changing decision no matter where you are in the process or what route you choose, be it domestic, international or foster care. Forming your family through adoption may be the most profound decision you've ever made and may have changed your life in ways you never expected. But let me ask you; were you ready for all of those changes? Do you have unanswered questions? Can you effectively parent your child and meet his needs? Is your choice affecting your family in ways you didn't expect? Do you feel supported? Are you OK with people's questions about your choice? With all it's wonder, there are aspects of adoption that are rarely talked about. As an adoptive parent this may lead to feelings of confusion, doubt, and isolation. In today's show were going to do an "Adoption Gut Check". We're tackling some of these questions, creating solutions and easing troubled minds so we can continue on our perfectly imperfect path of parenthood.
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Becoming a parent is life changing. Creating your family through adoption can add additional twists and turns to your journey. On “Adoption Unscripted,” we create a safe place for families on that journey to "unpack" all they’ve encountered along the way. We have real life conversations with parents, adoptees, first families and industry professionals who bring the amazing experience of adoption to life. We create real life strategies when parents get stuck, unravel myths, inform parents of the wonderful resources, and introduce them to experts and advocates in the field.
I have worked directly with children and families for over 25 years. I have created and implemented family-centric programs in both the private and public sectors for law enforcement, public schools, colleges, nonprofits and government agencies. I have designed mentorship programs, experiential education programs and written curriculum for at risk youth. In 2010, I co-founded Anywhere Childcare. We work with the US Military to provide family programs for the children of deployed soldiers in the National Guard and reserves nationwide. Our programs focus on creating strong bonds to ensure the families stay connected during deployment. Two years ago, I started Seeing Color, a consulting and coaching business. I work one-on-one with parents who have adopted transracially. We also have a community where we host family activities, workshops, and educational opportunities. Together we work on the complex and sometimes challenging aspects of raising children of a different race, mostly African-American children in today's racially charged world.